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Alternative Loans

Before considering alternative loan options, you should first apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid, including federal student loans.  You should use alternative loans only as a last resort to pay for college costs. File a FAFSA first. Go to studentaid.gov for more information.

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 strongly recommends that you fully research the alternative loan program and lender that best suits your financing needs. Please compare the benefits and costs of several alternative loan programs before you apply. To get the best interest rate and terms apply with a credit-worthy cosigner. To find out how to apply for an alternative loan visit the lender's website.

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The university reviewers from the University of Massachusetts campuses at Lowell, Dartmouth, Boston and Amherst have declared no personal affiliation, financial interest, benefit, or other personal ties related to these lenders in a signed affidavit maintained on file at the university.

For your convenience, below are links to alternative educational loans list. We have provided telephone numbers and links to websites maintained by these lenders. UMass Amherst is not responsible for the availability, content, or accuracy of materials on third party websites. Please carefully read final loan agreements, disclosures or promissory notes and understand their repayment terms and other obligations.

Alternative Loan Options Available

Alternative Lenders Application and Solicitation Disclosures

An Application and Solicitation Disclosure is a required document provided to prospective loan borrowers by private lenders that outlines the basic information about the terms and total cost associated with each of the lender’s loans. It helps you (the borrower) make an educated decision, understand the details of your private loan, and compare apples to apples when researching college loans. You will have an idea of the total cost of a loan before you borrow it, including what you will be expected to pay, and when. The document includes loan facts you need to know, such as interest rates, repayment options and eligibility criteria. Every Application and Solicitation Disclosure includes an example showing the total cost of a lender’s loan based on a certain amount borrowed and the terms of repayment. It also provides a comparison of potential federal loan options and the next steps to borrowing a loan.

The Application and Solicitation Disclosure requirement was established by the Truth in Lending Act, which served to fulfill conditions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008. All lenders were required to post Solicitation Disclosures on or with their loan applications by February 14, 2010. Below please find sample Application and Solicitation Disclosures for most of the lenders on our Alternative Loan List. Your Application and Solicitation Disclosure will be specific to your loan amount, terms and interest rate approved.